Madurai is known as the city of temples and is noted for its temples, some of which are centuries old. The sculptures on these temples are very beautiful and reflect the craftsmanship of the artisans. With temples flourish the art and culture of a kingdom and you can see different dance forms and music associated with these temples. Thanjavur is located at about 3 hour drive from Madurai and we planned to go to Thanjavur and visit some of the important tourist sites in the city. Thanjavur has some of the temples belonging to the Chola period that have found their place in UNESCO world Heritage Monuments. We had the cab from the hotel to take us to Thanjavur. First of all we went to visit Sangeetha Mahal Thanjavur.
Sangeetha Mahal is open to the public on all days from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 5 pm. No entry fee is needed to enter the place. Sangeetha Mahal means the Hall of Music, and it is situated within the palace of Thanjavur. It was built in the early 17th century and reflects the expertise of the artisans in those times. It is noted for its architectural and acoustic properties. The hall is constructed in such a way that the absorption and deflection of sound waves are balanced well.
The hall is rectangular in size with high roof and is decorated with beautiful chandeliers, in addition to four pankahs. There is a huge stage and in front of it is a water pool, which also helped in deflecting the sound waves. The hall is capable of accommodating 1000 people at a time. The stage and the audience site are below ground level. The hall is warm and humid all the year round. Here the people from the royal family are offered the facility to view performance from upstairs through a large window, thus they can see what is going on without being seen by others from outside. Now the hall is used to exhibit handicrafts and other items. The hall and its decorations were marvelous and we got out after spending an hour in the hall.